Issue 6 Magazine News

2020 Election: Who’s Running?

So far, fifteen people are running against Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Fourteen are Democrats: Cory Booker, Pete Buttigeig, Julián Castro, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, John Hickenlooper, Jay Inslee, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Andrew Yang, and Marianne Williamson. William F. Weld is the one prominent Republican confirmed to be running against Trump.

Cory Booker is a senator from New Jersey, and former mayor of Newark.  Primary issues in his platform are unifying the country and criminal justice reform. 

Pete Buttigieg is the current mayor of South Bend, Indiana, a Navy veteran, and the first openly gay municipal executive in Indiana.  Buttigieg calls for new policies on issues including economic opportunity and climate change. 

Julián Castro is the former HUD secretary and former mayor of San Antonio, Texas.  He was the youngest member of the Obama cabinet.  Castro is emphasizing prekindergarten education, immigration reform, and Medicare for All. 

John Delaney is a former congressman from Maryland and a former businessman.  Delaney claims to be able to find common ground between parties.  Delaney also endorses universal health care. 

Tulsi Gabbard is currently serving as a congresswoman from Hawaii and is an Army National Guard veteran.  Gabbard was criticized for meeting with the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, who has been accused of using chemical weapons on civilians. 

Kirsten Gillibrand is a New York Senator and a former congresswoman.  One of the strongest liberal voices in the senate, Gillibrand places women’s equality and opportunity at the center of her agenda.

William F. Weld is a former governor of Massachusetts, and a former federal prosecutor.  Weld was a vocal critic of Trump during the 2016 election.  When Trump called to deport immigrants, Weld compared the call to Kristallnacht. 

Jay Inslee is the current governor of Washington and a former congressman.  Known for his environmental policies, Inslee wants to embrace a green-energy job program. 

John Hickenlooper is the former Governor of Colorado and the former mayor of Denver.  Hickenlooper hopes to bring attention to Medicaid expansion, gay rights, and gun safety.

Amy Klobuchar is a current senator from Minnesota.  During Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, Klobuchar sternly questioned Kavanaugh. She wishes to combat the opioid crisis, drug addiction, and the cost of prescription drugs.  

Bernie Sanders is a senator from Vermont and a former congressman.  Sanders describes himself as a democratic socialist. Sanders wishes to establish Medicare for All and free college tuition, and limit the influence of the rich.

Andrew Yang is a former tech executive and the founder of Venture for America, a nonprofit organization.  Yang is focusing on establishing a universal basic income of $1000 for all Americans. 

Kamala Harris is a current senator from California, a former Attorney General of California, and a former San Francisco District Attorney. Harris introduced legislation to cut taxes for the middle-class.  She also supported a liberal civil rights agenda in the Senate. 

Marianne Williamson is an author and spiritual teacher. Williamson supported the rights of gay men with AIDS and found a charity that supplies meals to illness-stricken people. She has also proposed paying $100 billion in reparations for slavery.  

Elizabeth Warren is a senator from Massachusetts and a former Harvard professor.  Warren is focusing on income inequality and the middle class being attacked by corporate manipulation and political corruption. 

Beto O’Rourke is a businessman and politician of the Democratic Party. For three terms, he represented Texas’s 16th congressional congress in the United States House of Representatives.